"Do they dance in Hell? If they do then this is maybe what it is like. We join the scene of naÃ¯ve celebration among the dancers when a demon bursts through onto the scene to torment the only black dancer with a version of the cake-walk that has the fires of damnation behind it.
This is one example but it is not one of his best for my money. The film is weird even watching it now and it is far more about visual impact than about its narrative foundation or substance. It looks great and some of the effects show him to have been years ahead of his time â anyone looking for meaning or plot will be annoyed but the focus is visuals and, in this regard, it still works and is very imaginative and strange.
June 11, 2013 Subject:
Exceptional special effects for 1903
Some of the most exciting special effects are to be seen in this sub-5-minute short. From disembodied arms to people exploding, it is a feast for the eyes. It is also a good visual of a dance that was popular in the late 1800s called a "cakewalk," the music of which was the parent of what we know today as "ragtime" music. Musicians playing to this movie would have likely performed Debussy's "Golliwog's Cakewalk" while the arns-outstretched dance took place.